GREAT OPERA SINGERS OF THE PAST PART 1.
THEY ARE IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER; TITTA RUFFO, MIGUEL FIETA, BERNARDO DE MURO, EMMA CALVE, MARY GARDEN, ANTONIO SCOTTI, GIUSEPPE DE LUCA, FRANCESCO TAMAGNO, ENRICO CARUSO, BENIAMINO GIGLI, HIPOLITO LAZARO, RENATO ZANELLI, GINA CIGNA, LUCIA ALBANESE.
July 11, 2015
These old opera recording are great. It's wonderful to here these singers from earlier times, but like the person who wrote the previous review I would very much like to know the titles of all the arias in the series as I only recognize the most obvious ones. Is it possible for whoever the good person was who uploaded these to give us track listings? I, for one, would be very grateful, and I'm sure others would be too.
Mark Gabrish Conlan
December 5, 2012
What are the great singers singing?
This is a fascinating collection, especially the excerpts from "Carmen" (the "Habañera" with Emma Calvé, who sounds as impassioned and spirited as I've always heard she was, and the "Flower Song" with Miguel Fleta, who sang Calaf in the world premiere of Puccini's "Turandot") and "I Puritani" (Hipolito Lazaro ably manages the stratospheric high notes of Bellini's score that gives modern tenors fits). But what are the great singers singing? I was able to recognize about half the selections but I'd really appreciate I.D.'s on the rest:
1) Aria (Titta Ruffo, baritone, with chorus)
2) Bizet: Carmen — Flower Song (Miguel Fleta, tenor)
3) Giordano: Andrea Chénier — "Un dì, dall'azzuro spasio" ("Improvviso") (Bernardo De Muro, tenor)
4) Bizet: Carmen — “Habañera” (Emma Calvé, soprano)
5) Aria (Mary Garden, soprano)
6) Aria with piano (Antonio Scotti, baritone)
7) Aria with piano (Giuseppe de Luca, baritone)
8) Verdi: Otello — “Niun mi tema” (Francesco Tamagno, tenor)
9) Donizetti: L’Elisir d’Amore — “Una furtiva lagrima” (Enrico Caruso, tenor)
10) Boïto: Mefistofele — “Dai campi, dai prati” (Beniamino Gigli, tenor)
11) Bellini: I Puritani — “Vieni fra questa braccia” (Hipolito Lazaro, tenor)
12) Aria (Renato Zanelli, tenor)
13) Aria (Gina Cigna, soprano)
14) Puccini: Manon Lescaut — “In quelle trine morbide” (Licia Albanese, soprano)